Descriptions of furniture, accessories, and artwork.
Mounted a basket on the Laundry Room door to store detergent and dryer sheets in a convenient location, rather than on top of the machines, on the floor, or in another closet. Open the door to do laundry and there is the detergent right by the washing machine. Nice.
The bath vanity is quite deep (almost 23" - way too deep for a studio apartment) and the only lights are above the mirror or in the high ceiling - lighting the tops of heads from a distance. Design note: users like to get up close to a mirror and they like their face to be well lit. Solution: mount a lighted mirror on the wall so the user can get close. When not in use, it folds out of the way.
Above: Text message and infomap sent to nabors who asked to borrow a parking place. Below: 2nd St sidewalk improvements.
Living in downtown Austin Texas
College - orientation, fraternity, majors,
A concept that I considered while in NYC was to downsize from the 1-bedroom to a Studio. I really didn't need 2 rooms for visits to the city. I also considered selling the NY Apt and buying a Studio apt in Los Angeles and live there for a few years to experience Southernn California (and go to Disneyland multiple times). So, years later, 2018, while looking at houses in Denton and East Austin, I realized I didn't want a second house with 2 lawns to mow, and 2 houses to maintain. Buying a house in an older naberhood would also 'require' extensive remodeling - I had just finished remodeling the Edmond kitchen and didn't want to deal with that again for a long while. While walking to the new Austin Library, I saw these condo towers and noticed one on the west - I looked up and told myself, Could I live there?
So, I looked at condos in Downtown Austin. The next day, Tom, my former college roommate and current Realtor took me up to view 3 of them. Each was nice, but when I walked out on the balcony of the one on the 29th floor, I said, "This is it".
“I can’t think of any negatives.”
“I was looking for the Austin Experience - we found it.”
It is a Studio, or, as I call it - a GHR - a Glorified Hotel Room. It is in a pedestrian area: Trader Joe’s, pet store, coffee house, 2nd Street, and parks, trails, and the lake. Before I could commit, I told the realtor that I needed to process on the drive back to Oklahoma (6 hours in the car) and agian once I got home. On the drive home, from Austin to Fort Worth: "This feels so right." "This is something I want to do." I never felt nervous, any regret, or hesitation. It was confirmed. I plan to experience Austin, San Antonio, and the Hill Country for 4 or 5 years, then maybe consider something else.
Concept: Focus on the view, the height, and the brightness from the west. Minimal, classic, straight line furniture - few knickknacks and geegaws.
Merit Coffee, True Food, Trader Joe's, Pet Place, Poke Bowl
• Location: Seaholm Residences/2nd Street District, Austin
• Square feet: 558 interior, 52 Observation Deck
• Building: Opened: 2016, 30 floors, 280 units
November 2018: UT Advisor reunion, "I wanna buy a house."
Saturday 3, am: walk to Library, see 222 West Ave (what about a condo?); pm: tour East Austin
Sunday 4, pm: tour East Austin, downtown, 222 West condos, sunset on 15th floor
Monday 5, 8:40a: return to 19 & 29th: view of Zilker Park, river, hills; “This is it.”
Tuesday, 6: submit offer, counteroffers
Wensday, 7, 11:44a: offer accepted
Wensday, 21, 10:00a: Closing
Move in: Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2018: unload car, unpack, IKEA, assemble furniture, settle
December 21-26: Settle, Brooklyn walk